Don’t Burn Those Bridges: How to resign from a hospitality job the right way
We all choose to leave a job at some point in our lives, though our reasons for doing so vary. Whether your decision is due to adding (or losing) a family member, changing geographic locations, going back to school, or simply the desire for a new challenge, more money or better perks, it’s important to resign your position the right way. Fail to do so and your future employability—with the same hospitality organization or any other employer—could suffer irreparable damage.
Always look before you leap
The kitchen manager screamed at you—again. Your front desk coworker continues to refuse to take responsibility for his own mistakes. You asked for a raise and the maintenance supervisor laughed in your face. Even if you’re currently working the hospitality job from hell, it’s generally best to avoid resigning until you’ve lined up a new position. At minimum, you should spend some time researching opportunities available in your area and forming a realistic picture of how long it could take to land your next job. Some hotel and restaurant hiring mangers still view employment gaps negatively.
Be straightforward with your plans
Before you start discussing your new opportunity with your coworkers and other friends, make an appointment to inform your supervisor. He or she should really be the first person you make aware of your exit plan. It can be helpful to type up a short resignation letter thanking the organization for the years you’ve spent in their service and detailing your reason for leaving. Keep the letter as tactful as possible, even if this means glossing over the real cause of your exit (like a bad boss). New challenges and changes in personal circumstance are always safe options.
Give as much notice as possible
You should never walk out in the middle of a shift nor disappear entirely without giving formal notice of resignation. Both actions are likely to guarantee a bad reference and may negatively affect your reputation in the hospitality industry in general. Just as bad, the latter will cause undue worry for your employer. You may not have been best buddies with your supervisor and coworkers, but they’ll still be concerned about your wellbeing if you’re never seen or heard from again.
Two weeks advance notice is standard for many positions. Most employers will appreciate even a week of leeway to allow for the onboarding of a new worker. If the job you’re planning to leave for is unwilling to give you that much time, it could be a negative sign. Take a closer look at the hotel or restaurant culture and make sure you’ll actually be comfortable working there.